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These Frailties Could See Newcastle Relegated

9:44 am, Tuesday, March 1st, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 9 Comments

We have often made the comparison between the Leicester City and Newcastle squads this season and on paper at least the Newcastle squad looks stronger – especially after another £29M has been spent on the side in the January transfer window.

But we don´t see many leaders in the side and Chronicle columnist Don Hutchison hits the nail on the head when he says it is mental frailty that is the main reason we have lost a shocking 10 games of our 13 away games this season.

On the other hand he points to that mental toughness and team spirit as the main reason why the Foxes are at the top of the league after being rock bottom a year ago.

steve mCclaren - siem de jong misses sitter

Steve McClaren – not good enough

So team spirit and being able to fight in games when things are going against you are very important and it´s something that´s missing at Newcastle this season.

Having a good coach who can get the best our of the players is also very important and Claudio Ranieri is a much better manager than Steve McClaren, who has had a disastrous season for Newcastle – and it´s even worse than last season.

We have surrendered far too often at places like Manchester City, Crystal Palace, Everton and Chelsea to lose by big scores and that does our goal difference no good at all – and its one of the worst in the division at -22.

If you have players who only turn up in front of 50,000 fans at St. James’ Park then that’s a recipe for disaster and so it has proved this season.

While we hope we are wrong it´s difficult to see how we can get anything out of the game tomorrow and if some of the other teams fighting relegation win their games we will be even in a bigger mess than we were before the 18 day break we just endured.

So then what would happen?

We are pretty certain unless it´s another big defeat – the answer is absolutely nothing – because we have an important game in three days time and the Board seems unwilling to sack McClaren.

The intransigence and incompetence of the Board – they have shown over the last two years they do nothing and simply hope for the best in a crisis – and that´s another negative for us.

They are not decisive in any way.

That´s also a recipe for disaster as they showed last season when we only just survived after losing eight games on the trot towards the end of the season.

And the Board (mainly Lee Charnley) haven´t learned from their previous mistakes so there are two negatives for Newcastle that other relegation sides don´t seem to have.

The lack of fight of our players in away games and a Board who never do anything to fix a crisis.

It´s not good.

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9 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Rotonda heights // Mar 1, 2016 at 9:47 AM

    Very ironic appointing SM as a ”safe pair of hands”.

    An incredibly unimaginative and truly uninspiring move that has backfired spectacularly.

    Imagine if horn rimmed Harry Charnley had had the cojones to bring in Viera and allowed him to attract and bring in his own players. Dullards would say Viera has no experience. SA, AP and SM have loads, KK had none. I rest my case.

  • 2 Tsunki // Mar 1, 2016 at 9:48 AM

    Last night I was scolded by Jib and told to have patience, something our indomitable Google meister has under tight control as we are all no doubt in awe of. Why have patience, you ask? Because it is barely weeks since our last transfer springboard and quite rightly only the questionably spineless would waver at the thought of having 12 games left (26 gone) of Premier League football of which 6 we are realistically able to gleam points from, half could on a fine day be 3-pointers.

    Yes I must heed our search engine maestro and pull myself out of this cowardly spiral of doubt.

  • 3 Tsunki // Mar 1, 2016 at 9:56 AM

    These frailties, Ed? There’s a pretty long shopping list burgeoning on that one 🙂

    Mike Ashley – here’s a wad of cash, I want this, this and this done, keep us in the league and on TV, well catch up next transfer window.

    Lee Charnley – oh no! Mr Pardew’s gone! Who have we got that can take over? Nobody? OK, who have we got? Carver? OK get him in a track suit and pitch side on saturday.

    Graeme Carr – has anyone seen my teeth?

    Bob “Bob” Moncur – I like lego.

    Steve McLaren – No no no Cathode! I said get the “Extra Extra Firm Hold Hairspray” from BM Bargains – I’ve got to keep this wisp on my head from flailing about in the breeze, using the other stuff you got me cost Siem an eye!

    What do you call a group of incompetents? I know it’s not a “Board”

  • 4 Tsunki // Mar 1, 2016 at 9:59 AM

    Ah another photo selection Ed? Are there any more in the “you’re going to cost me my job” folder?

  • 5 21st Century Schizoid Man // Mar 1, 2016 at 10:00 AM

    The Leicester fairy story was unlikely – and is even less likely to be repeated, particularly by us. I have yet to see a sound explanation of last year’s escape.
    Once we get to the heady heights of 17th, the teams above all have much better GDs, as they have better defences.

    If we fail in any of our must win home games – say by getting a couple of draws or even a loss, then we have to be winning away.
    If we win at Stoke – who are usually pretty well organised, then I think the confidence boost will mean a 17th place finish and Tufty basking in glory as the club apologist puts it. Draws away are just not good enough, but at Stoke would mean we had a bit more toughness and resilience, and again would point to us avoiding relegation.

  • 6 BandB // Mar 1, 2016 at 10:00 AM

    It will look a lot better if we beat Stoke and Bournemouth and a lot worse if we don’t. It’s make a stand and fight time.

  • 7 Tsunki // Mar 1, 2016 at 10:01 AM

    Photo caption – ” YYyyyyy M. C. A! it’s fun to stay at the….”

  • 8 Jib // Mar 1, 2016 at 10:08 AM

    “Tsunki-Last night I was scolded by Jib and told to have patience”

    It never happened (attention craving windbags are be the curse of this blog )

  • 9 Jib // Mar 1, 2016 at 10:19 AM

    21st Century Schizoid Man
    With regard to the unlikely Leicester fairy story and the PL in general.

    I think the margins between success and failure are much finer than folk think.

    There are loads of examples this season – a very mundane Chelsea suddenly pounds us, gives PSG a fright , and beats Southampton at St Marys – Man U who got beaten in Denmark and look a shambles , their bairns give grizzled old experienced Arsenal a bit of a football lesson.
    Leicester who have been thumping everyone , struggled to beat Norwich at home , and had to use Ulloa as a supersub to overcome them.

    It’s a brave man who can forecast the top four and the same goes for the bottom four.

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